Farscape: The Illustrated Companion Paperback – 23 Aug 2000
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American astronaut John Crichton is having a bad day...He's suddenly 5,000 light years from home. A complete stranger has a personal vendetta against him. His new best friends are escaped alien convicts. With its state of the art CGI, special effects from the Oscar-winning team at the Jim Henson Creature Shop and one of the biggest budgets ever seen for a TV production, Farscape is simply the hottest new sci-fi show around. Farscape: The Illustrated Companion is the only fully authorised guide to the series, packed with exclusive cast and crew interviews, photos, design art, a special chapter on the special effects wizardry of the Creature Shop, and a comprehensive episode guide to the entire first season.
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Personally is this age of the internet and surfing its probably easy to find out what you want to know, about the show but back when this show was made books were still in common use and i feel this book comes up somewhat short for its then asking price. Anyway some people rave about Talis Pelucir's Unofficial Guide to Season One, but that to buy now is expensive possibly because its rare and a good book. Its a shame that his book can be republished to cater for new fans of the show like me.
To conclude Farscape: The Illustrated Companion isn't terrible as guide books go and was cheap when i bought it but a more in depth guide book would have been helpful. Therefore i will surf the net for more information and this excellent and very enjoyable sci-fi show.
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To be fair, the books are lavishly illustrated with drawings and black and white photos. The background material on production, and actor and producer interviews are interesting. If you're looking for *complete* plot summaries for each episode, keep looking, as this book doesn't have them.
- There are 3-page synopses of the episodes, with a short recap and some production background.
- There is a brief overview of the main characters, and shorter snippets on the recurring characters. This includes how most were casted (or operated/voiced)
- There is a section on the effects and the efforts/new developments the Jim Henson's Creature Shop put into the show.
One doesn't always realize how much TIME it takes to develop a show. In the case of FS, it was thought of in 1993, went into pre-production in 1998, and finally aired in 1999. The Henson company provided feedback and innovations throughout the course of those years.
We also see just how far CGI had gone in 3 years: from Independence Day to FS...there is more CGI in 1x01 than there was in ID.
The images are blurred, as if they're screenshots. Which, they might be. But even some of the concept art wasn't very clear/easy to read and see.
I wish the air dates were given, just so that we have a better understanding of when the show was viewed.